Abortive

Definition of Abortive

A`bor´tive
a.1.Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child.
2.Made from the skin of a still-born animal; as, abortive vellum.
3.Rendering fruitless or ineffectual.
4.Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt.
5.(Biol.) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc.
6.(Med.) Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines.
n.1.That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.
2.A fruitless effort or issue.
3.A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion; - also called an abortifacient.

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